207 Tasting Notes
I’ve been drinking this the past few evenings as a dessert type tea after dinner.
Although I don’t normally add sugar to hot tea, I did add a small spoon of brown sugar to the pot and then some cream to the cup once brewed. Very tasty, and the sugar did seem to make the spices sweeter and more flavorful.
I will have to say though, that this batch of tea I bought has a lot more little bits and pieces in it than the last I had – the last bag purchased was only leaves and a few of those candy pumpkins – this has so much more ‘stuff’ and the squash especially is quite fragrant in it.
Wow – I have not had a tea quite like this before!
Brewed leaf is so earthy and gorgeous with malt, grain and wine notes. The aroma is so fragrant and carries across the room – it almost seems like some sort of baked food item rather than tea.
Taste is so delicious and so flavorful!! Nutty and grainy with sweet, rich toasted malt. Smooth and satisfying.
Dry leaf smells of fresh mown hay/clover which brewed a beautiful amber colour tea.
Tastes sweet and slightly malty with a smooth, rich flavour of honey and sweet potato.
I did a comparison with the GM from Teavivre and found theirs to be more fruity and lively in taste with a definite light smoky note (which is my first time recognizing any smokiness in a tea) as compared to h&s. The Harney & Sons seems heavier with more sweet malt. So, to me at this time, Teavivre has more fruit and smoke and H&S has more malt and honey. Both delicious and if I hadn’t done a side by side comparison probably wouldn’t have noticed a difference as it is so slight.
This was a teabag sample that came with a Harney & Sons order.
It tastes just like the red cinnamon heart valentine candies and is quite sweet. I actually like the taste of cinnamon but more of the softer side of it – not the robust candy like cinnamon. I wouldn’t have this again but can see how people fond of strong cinnamon flavour would enjoy it.
Dry leaf smells of clean dry hay.
Brewed aroma is fragrant and sweet with light fruity potato and malt.
Tastes smooth and sweet with fruity sweet potato and mild malt.
This is a very tasty and mildly sweet tea; it is mouthwatering and refreshing and somehow sparkling without any bitterness.
I did 3 steeps and could likely do more. I do want to compare it to the H&S’s golden monkey that I have, but Teavivre’s is really delicious.
Thank you Angel and Teavivre for the generous samples!